Country reports: Scandinavia

I found another very interesting report, published in 2013, this time about this group of Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Disposal of plastic end-of-life-boats

Besides much other information it also give useful figures about ELB in Scandinavia.
Verbatim quote from the report:

“The Department of Environmental Science (ITM) at Stockholm University has taken the initiative to do a common Nordic project on the disposal of recreational boats with a focus on:

  • resources – components for reuse, recycling and energy recovery,
  • content of hazardous components and elements – hazardous waste, and
  • illegal dumping and marine littering.

ITM invited partners from Finland, Denmark and Norway to join the project and develop a project proposal to apply for financing from the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Waste Group (NAG). The project obtained 40% financing of its initial budget and has had to reduce the scope of this Nordic cooperation project…

The aim of this Nordic project was to describe the challenges of the disposal of end-of-life boats (ELB) in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark and the recycling and reuse of materials, environmental impacts
and possible problems with dumping. As part of this project, a Nordic workshop on ELB was held in Stockholm, 3 December 2012; 50 participants attended from the four countries.
The total number of boats, which has been estimated from surveys performed in each country, amounts to nearly 3 million leisure boats (Finland 750,000, Sweden 900,000, Norway 1,000,000, Denmark 250,000). This is roughly half of the total estimated number of European recreational vessels (6 million). 1 Almost 20% are more than 40 years old, an indication that the problem of disposal is rising, which is in accordance with the opinion common at the workshop.
It has not been possible to come up with reliable figures on how many boats are disposed of each year because the lack of registration requirements in any of the Nordic countries. None of them have a mandatory
system for the registration of leisure boats. However, in some cases registration is needed for boat insurance. Boats are abandoned on land and dumped into the sea, but it has not been possible to estimate the extent to
which this happens. The lack of or insufficient registration of leisure boats makes it difficult for the public and the authorities to trace owners to demand that the boat is removed and brought to a scrap dealer.”

75 pages, interesting read! Download it for free here or here.

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